The Spirit of Young Living Award, Part II

Donna Riley presented with the Spirit of Young Living award.
Donna Riley presented with the Spirit of Young Living award, Convention 2017.

Gary: Donna, we present you with this beautiful Spirit of Young Living Award for your dedicated service and all the years that you’ve put up with me and been part of Young Living.

Donna Riley accepts the Spirit of Young Living Award from Gary Young, Convention 2017.
Donna Riley accepts the Spirit of Young Living Award from Gary Young, Convention 2017.

Donna: I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’ve got to tell you, this was a dream of Gary’s from the very beginning, and here we are. The Lord was good enough to allow me to be here with you all, and I’m so happy to be here. Love you, Gary. What a pioneer. And to have seen this man in the early years when we hand-poured all your oils. We labeled them, we sealed them, and we shipped them. So think how lucky you are today. The first time I saw the machines putting the oil in the bottles was almost more than I could bear. I just wept. It was such an exciting thing to see. You are so blessed to have this man as your leader, and just remember that through the years as you help others to know this man as well. Pray for him much. I love this guy dearly.

It was so beautiful when my husband and I first met Gary, who said to my husband, “Well, why did you bring her here?”

He said, “I can’t let her go.” Wasn’t that sweet? So, here I am today, thankful to Gary Young and the wellness program he created for me!

Gary: Thank you, Donna. Another round of applause for Donna, the 2017 Spirit of Young Living Award recipient. Thank you, Donna. Bless your heart!

The Spirit of Young Living Award, Part I

Donna Riley at the 1999 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Donna Riley at the 1999 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The next thing that I’d like to share with you is the Spirit of Young Living Award. We have selected a person I have known for over 30 years, who has been a Diamond in my eye from the very beginning. This lady was diagnosed with cancer. She’d had several surgeries. She’d been through the whole gamut of the traditional medicine and was given up on when I met her. She has had a beautiful life since then, but this is a lady who tried Young Living products when they were being developed. ComforTone was made for Donna Riley. ICP, K&B, and some of the products you have today, I developed over 30 years ago for this beautiful lady.

She is one of the greatest examples in my career of a person who did the things that were suggested for her to do, and the success that she has had is absolutely fabulous. After our first few years of working together, her husband Hal (before he passed away a few years ago) worked with me in the laboratory as I was developing many of the products and mixing some of the very first blends.

And that was only part of it. We traveled together through California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, and Utah; and she taught wherever we went. She set up and ran booths at the health shows. It was amazing. She educated so many of our early distributors back in those days about the products as well as about the oils. So she has been an ambassador of Young Living for over 30 years, which has been so exciting for me.

Help me welcome one of the greatest women I know, Donna Riley.

Gary and Donna, onstage at 2017 Convention
Gary and Donna, onstage at the 2017 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A Skyrider Wilderness Ranch for the Ladies


Okay, one more thing. I have been inundated with requests, and I can’t believe this is real; so I need a show of hands—how many of you women would like to have a Women’s Camp? Holy smokes! I thought there might be just 5 or 6 of you! Okay, next year there will be a Women’s Camp. Maybe a couple. It just depends on how many of you would like to attend.

All right, so these are wonderful things that we’re looking at putting together and creating to give everyone a great opportunity to experience life in a greater way. Also, it gives me the opportunity to be with you in a smaller group, where we don’t often have that today. So, I really look forward to it.

When we did the Men’s Camp last year, it was one of the most rewarding seminars I’ve taught in years because I got to be with the guys. I got to be one with them; I got to know them. It was just fantastic, and we learned together. It’s all about how to become more successful and harmonious in our relationships and growing.

Not Just for Men

31265999361_eb21943209_kThere’s something new coming to the Skyrider Wilderness Ranch [in Tabiona, Utah]. I’m just completing the building of a new facility that sleeps 48 people, with a huge conference room that will seat 300 people or more, and a kitchen that will feed 100 people or more. Because I have a great desire for next year, I’m telling you ahead of time; so when it’s listed in YL Events, you will understand what it is.

How many of you here tonight have children? Wow. And some of those youth and teenagers from Kids Camp and Teen Camp are here tonight. Will you raise your hands if you’re here? Oh, fantastic. Here are some right on the front row. Thank you; thank you for coming!

This is something that’s been dear to my heart that I’ve wanted to do for years. A lot of your children don’t have the opportunity to get off the pavement or out of the cement city, so next year the Young Living Skyrider Wilderness Ranch is going to start hosting a Boys’ Camp and Girls’ Camp in addition to Men’s camp. So stay tuned! Maybe the first year we’ll just have one Boys’ Camp and one Girls’ Camp to see how it goes, what the interest is, and how much excitement there is.

2016 Men’s Camp participants

For the youth who would like to come to the camp, you’re going to experience many things, including learning what it’s like to work with wild game. I have 300 elk and 85 buffalo on my ranch, and we’ll have roundups. You’ll get to work in the fields haying; you’ll get to move sprinkler pipe; you’ll get to dig a ditch; you’ll get to do all kinds of things, as well as enjoy the fun things that we will have. So it’s going to be an experience of a lifetime, and there’ll be education classes in the evening, just like we have for Men’s Camp.

Gary Young’s 2017 Convention Keynote Leadership Address

D. Gary Young, Mary Young, Josef and Jacob Young

Are you excited? Are you happy? Well, let’s get up and show it. Come on, let’s be alive! Whoo! This is fabulous!

First on our agenda, are you truly happy? Yes! This convention is a celebration of so much hard work and our successful year!

D. Gary Young
D. Gary Young

Let’s give another round of applause for our special guest speaker, Shawn Achor.

Let’s also give another round of applause to five great people who were up here before Shawn— Ben Riley, our Executive Vice President of Global Sales. The beautiful Lauren Walker, our Executive Vice President of Global Operations [now Chief Supply Officer]. The “entertainer,” Matt French, our General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer [now Chief Legal Officer]. Dr. Mike Buch, our Chief Science Officer. And, of course, Jared Turner, our Chief Operating Officer and host for tonight.

They are the best of the best. I hope you all appreciate where you are and what you have because you have not only the best oils in the world, the best products in the world, you also have the best corporate leaders in the world. Yes!

So with that excitement, how many want to come back next year and do this? All right! For next year’s convention, 2018, our theme is Freedom! And that means so many things—freedom from emotional bondage, freedom from guilt, freedom from fear, freedom from pain, freedom to be alive, and freedom from health problems and limitations, to name a few. We can be everything we want to be.